Birds at the watering hole

There was a watering hole we liked to visit once a week to see if the elephants would come in.  And they did!  (more about that later)  I also enjoyed photographing the birds that visited the watering hole, of course! Here are some of these birds: Egyptian geese with goslings Spur-winged lapwing Marsh sandpiper The […]

Links to Share

My university made me take the Oxford comma out of the title of my PhD thesis!  I was so furious…but I wanted my degree, so I complied.  Now I’m finally vindicated! http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/15/health/oxford-comma-maine-court-case-trnd/index.html “Four leaf clovers” are just Wood Sorrel (Oxalis), guys. Sorry to burst your bubble 😛 http://carnegiemuseumnaturalhistory.tumblr.com/post/158512874256/what-is-a-shamrock Fascinating article on insect migrations: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/surprise-trillions-of-insects-migrate/ I […]

Where in the world is SOIMF?

I’ve moved to a new place and a new job!  See if you can guess where I am based on this photographic journey of my first week.  Ten imaginary internet points for the country and 100 imaginary internet points for the city! Obligatory cute animal There’s a clue if you know your bees! Rainbow Sorry […]

UPDATED: Can we talk about this Cheerios thing?

A very interesting thing has happened this week*! Cheerios, a cereal maker if you weren’t familiar, has started a new “conservation” initiative to “save the bees”! My liberal usage of quotation marks demonstrates how mixed my feelings are on this effort. I find it fascinating. Of course, it has generated a huge controversy in my […]

Some Kenyan sunbirds

I took a million bird photos in Kenya, so I’m subdividing them into manageable groups for posting.  The sunbirds are one of my favourite old world groups…they’re functionally like hummingbirds in that they drink nectar, but they can only hover for a short time.  Still, they come in lots of beautiful colors and are fun-sized! […]

An example of travel contrast

I like traveling because I feel like it gives me perspective…there’s a lot to be learned in comparing different places, cultures, and policies.  And weather!  One thing that is usually a pretty dramatic contrast (especially when you’re traveling to a different hemisphere) is the weather.  For example, I heard someone say one day in Kenya […]

Links to share (distracted version)

Okay, so the process of moving to my new location is less organized than I would like and I’m still trying to get myself sorted (finding a place to live, getting an office key, things like that), but here are some links for you to read in the meantime! http://www.earthtouchnews.com/natural-world/animal-behaviour/screech-owls-keep-blind-snakes-as-live-in-housekeepers Bumblebees can smell who visited […]